Traditional Japanese Crafts will be Showcased to Gain Publicity at the World’s Largest International Trade Fair – Germany

Taken from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s website (経済産業省). From February 13 to 17, 2015, Ambiente 2015, the world’s largest international trade fair for consumer goods, will be held in Frankfurt, Germany. Taking this opportunity, traditional Japanese crafts from across Japan will be exhibited as government-designated traditional crafts. Through this event, Japan […]

A Visual Guide to Japan – Kiyomizu Temple and Jishu Shrine

Text and photos by Mike Sullivan Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺), which is officially known as Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera (音羽山清水寺) is located in Kyoto and is one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto and a UNESCO World Heritage site. A temple has always been here since the 8th century and the current temple that we can see […]

Calligraphy – A Beautiful Art Form

By Mike Sullivan Learning calligraphy is popular not only amongst Japanese learners but also with people who merely admire the beautiful artistry of this style of writing. As such you often can find calligraphy lessons around the world, and many of the students can’t read what they are writing, but they can write Japanese characters […]